This week on “Friday Favorites” I want to share with you one of my most favorite blogs, women, mother, and friend. her name is Mandy and she is responsible for Mandymom.com.
When I moved to Houston back in February, I knew no one. I mean, I knew of a couple of people through my husband, but I didn’t know anyone that had children or shared the same beliefs I did or was into the same things I was. I was lonely and most of you knew that.
My best friend back home kept in touch with me and one day she encouraged me to follow this lady on Instagram. She told me she was from Texas, and she was such an inspiration because she was into God, and she had a large family, and she was a stay-at-home-mama; she was exactly the kind of person me and Deb would be friends with.
So I checked out Mandy’s Instagram and realized, rather quickly, that Deb was right. This lady was super awesome and I could see why Deb considered her inspirational.
The mother of 5, pregnant with baby number 6, happily married, living a life devoted to her family and to Christ, and she was a blogger. I was in new interest heaven. And then, as I began to stalk her profile even more, I noticed that she was located in Tomball Texas, just like me!
Well if this wasn’t fate!
Months passed and I wasn’t sure how to make my first move. I would comment on her pictures as they filled up my Instagram news feed. I would look in awe at her audience and number of followers. See? I wasn’t the only one who thought this lady was pretty darn cool! We liked lots of the same things: Apps for our phones, taking pictures/instagram, talking about our walk with Jesus, even our style seemed to mimic each other.
So one day, and I’m not sure why I hadn’t done it earlier, I went to Mandy’s blog. I had wanted to get her recipe for homemade cleaning products, but as I navigated her site, I realized she had a lot more to offer.
She has a series in her blog titled “Mothering in the Moment” and as I read I realized that we had a lot in common and something told me that I should be her friend. And so, I emailed her. I told her who I was. I told her how I came across her blog. And I told her that her writing spoke a lot to me and how I thought that I was supposed to be her friend. I also made sure to include that I wasn’t crazy, even though, this was a crazy thing I was doing. I was never one to reach out via the internet, but I knew that I needed to this time.
A few hours later, she had responded. She was just as nice as I had imagined her to be and she invited me over to her house to hang out. And so I did.
Her kids were amazing and Jaxsyn was so excited to finally have some friends! Not to mention her home reminded me a lot of NC. She lived in the woods and the kids could just run and play outside, just like back home. There were trees everywhere and the gravel driveway reminded me of pulling into my parents’.
It was because of her blog that I felt so comfortable around Mandy and her family. She is exactly who she portrays on her blog, which is something that doesn’t happen too often. From her parenting advice and her gut-wrenching accounts of being a mother to her take on being frugal and living on less, Mandy knows what she’s talking about. And if you don’t believe me, just ask one of her 1000+ followers.
I know that we’ve just met and I know that we both have a lot going on in our lives, but I’m excited about this friendship. Just another thing to add to the list that God does for me. Coincidence? No way. I know this sounds super insane, but I feel like this is God’s way of giving me a little piece of Deb down here!
Make sure to check out Mandy at http://www.mandymom.com and follow her on Instagram: McMandyMom